When do I need a new tire?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by broncobowsher, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    I am sure that fresh tires make a difference in snotty conditions. We just don't run into that much out here.
    I did notice at the nationals at Sipapu that most top riders spooned new tires on just about every bike before comp day.
    Well......actually, someone spooned them on for them!
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  2. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 44 years

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    Yeah, hurt$, but I still buy them because they are so good and last me a few years. Dunlop 803 is about half. Not sure how long Michelin can sustain that posture.

    Burdensome is how many machines I maintain on the ranch. I counted 42 tires on the many and varied machines :-( Just changed the small tractor tires by hand. Try $550 per tire doing it myself! When the backhoe needs rear tires, which was yesterday... sheesh.

    We often only think about tread, but the carcass get a combo of fatigued and stiffer after a long while. New tires have a nice combo of absorption and spring. This lingers into rounded knobs, but the super-used tires feel dead to me. I've bought used bikes with Grapes of Wrath tires, put new ones on and what a difference!
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  3. 2feetdown

    2feetdown Been here awhile

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    One of our regional riders refuses to run mich lite tires and runs only Dunlop he says they last twice as long and sometimes 3-4 times as long if the mich lite ruins because of a flat (sidewall problems) and he can run less pressure in the Dunlop with out popping the bead when he hops and bounces. If you figure $85 for one dunlop and $300 for 2 mich lites mich thats a big difference. He won the top class at the regionals last year so why spend the bucks.
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